March 2011

Online reign of abuse

PREDATORY online paedophile has been jailed for nine years after exploiting 135 children across the world from his bedroom in Jersey.

Trevor Rowe (27) spent two years systematically grooming youngsters in internet chat rooms and forcing them to perform degrading sex acts which would be streamed live onto his computer

Trevor Rowe created more than 1,400 indecent images, among the highest amount recovered by police locally.

He admitted all 14 charges – 13 of making and distributing images and one count of securing unauthorised access to computer material.

In 2004, Rowe was jailed for 21 months for possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children.

Jersey police said the latest investigation came as a result of an initial enquiry from UK police forces, and they then worked together with a number of local and UK enforcement agencies.

Det Insp Steve Langford, from the public protection unit, said: “It is recognised that there is a growing trend by offenders to use the internet to exploit young children and encourage them to engage in inappropriate acts whilst online.”

“Public protection work involves the protection of all vulnerable victims, including young children, within the community and remains a key priority for the States of Jersey Police,” he said.

Rowe has now been put on the sex offenders register.